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Highlander - The Search for Vengeance (Animated)

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Produced by Imagi and Panzer-Davis. Directed by Yoshiaki Kawajiri. Voiceover Talent: Scott McNeil (Full Metal Alchemist, Inuyasha) and Jim Byrnes - Highlander (TV). Features a song from Platinum artist, H.I.M. Bonus Features: East Meets West Part #1, Inte

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A distant and animated sequel to the 1986 Highlander, which starred Christopher Lambert as an immortal Scottish swordsman, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance concerns the tale of Colin MacLeod, a 2nd century, Celtic warrior who becomes immortal following his defeat at the hands of Roman tyrant Marcus Octavius. Colin spends the next couple of millenia chasing after Marcus--also immortal--as the latter reinvents himself time and again as a ruler of kingdoms in every corner of the globe. The longtime duel extends into Earth's dystopian future about 200 years from now, where Colin--now a wandering mercenary--finds Marcus once again making lives miserable as head of a private government wielding a deadly virus. Drawing Colin into the fight is the lovely Dahlia, hauntingly reminiscent of every woman the hero has loved over hundreds of years. Dynamic, visually compelling, and boldly imaginative, Highlander: The Search for Vengeance is full of surprises and more than just another story of an embittered loner meandering through a futuristic wasteland. Directed by the prolific Yoshiaki Kawajiri (Neo-Tokyo). --Tom Keogh

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  • Actors: Alistair Abell, David B. Mitchell
  • Directors: Yoshiaki Kawajiri
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: June 5, 2007
  • Run Time: 86 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OYCMNU
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,646 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Highlander - The Search for Vengeance (Animated)" on IMDb

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I just finished watching Highlander: The Search for Vengeance and must say I'm pleasantly surprised. After watching sequels from some of my favorite franchise films I was worried this would fall into the same category. To be blunt I'm speaking of The Crow: Wicked Prayer and Highlander: The Source. (The Source can be purchased on DVD in Russia)

I'm happy to say that this film doesn't fit into either category. It has some excellent animation and doesn't walk all over the Highlander mythos (NO PLANET ZEIST). Now that being said I have to agree with the previous reviewer that the plot was kind of weak. For this reason I didn't give it 5 stars. However it didn't detract from my over all enjoyment of the film.

If your looking for comparisons I would have to say 2 parts Highlander + 1 part Vampire Hunter D + 1 part Ninja Scroll (same director for Ninja Scroll & Bloodlust).

I recommend this DVD to any fan of the aforementioned films. After watching this DVD I must say there is hope for the earlier mentioned franchise (The Crow). The Highlander has made a step forward with this superior animation. Perhaps next time we'll get a stronger story. I would love to see The Crow get this kind of treatment.
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Highlander is a 1980s sci-fi/fantasy movie starring Christopher Lambert, Sean Connery and Clancy Brown. Christopher Lambert plays the titular role of the Highlander, Connor MacLeod of the clan MacLeod. Connor, born in 16th century Scotland is mortally wounded during a battle with the evil Kurgan played by Brown, but Connor does not die. Instead he heals with a supernatural rapidity. He's subsequently chased away by his kinsmen who don't see his recovery as miraculous, but instead view it as a clear sign of witchcraft. Enter Sean Connery as Ramirez, an immortal, Yoda-like figure, who sports one hell of a Scottish accent for a man with a Spanish surname. Ramirez takes it upon himself to give Connor a crash course in swordsmanship and the pros and cons of immortality. On the up side Connor will live forever, unless someone cuts off his head, but on the downside immortals can never have children. Another possible downer is that immortals must fight each other to the death (by beheading) during a time called The Gathering, though never on hallowed ground, until only one remains. There can be only one, and that one surviving immortal obtains The Prize.

Highlander succeeds on several levels. It's a great adventure with two great, but contrasting settings--the sprawling, bucolic Scottish highlands and the gritty, cramped streets of 20th century New York City. The New York setting places stakes the film's claim on within the urban fantasy sub-genre and as an added bonus there are engaging romantic elements. Highlander has great fight choreography, beautifully shot scenes and a lot of little touches that catapult it to the status of cult classic.
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Colin MacLeod's bloodlust sustains him for hundreds of years as he hunts for the villainous Marcus, the man who killed his wife 1,000 years ago. We can feel his pain in every step as he seeks to quench his thirst for vengeance. Finally, a worthy follow-up to the original Highlander has arrived.
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Definitely one of the best offerings to come out of Highlander since the TV show ended. What's great about this installment is that it's a new story with new characters yet at the same time it remains true to the spirit of what made Highlander so great in the first place. Worth taking a look at but be advised because it's not for kids.
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The name Yoshiaki Kawajiri carries some serious weight among anime fans and aficionados. The franchise "Highlander" carries the same weight amongst it's legions of loyal, sword wielding fans. In 2007 the two came together in a symphony swordplay and beauty. "Highlander: The Search for Vengeance" was a joint effort between Imagi Studios ("TMNT") and anime powerhouse Madhouse Studios ("Ninja Scroll," "X," "Trigun") and was one of the recent efforts at a East-Meets-West collaboration on anime with others including Kawajiri's own "Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust" and "Afro Samurai." This was the first time a Western franchise or concept was adapted to anime, but was followed closely by the "Witchblade" anime.

Okay now deep breath. You still with me? Good, because "The Search For Vengeance" is an amazing anime and the best and most interesting thing to happen to the franchise since the TV series. Written by Highlander series and movie writer David Abramowitz, this is a new tale with a protagonist that predates both MacLeods. Colin MacLeod dies his first death in 125 AD in Roman Britain. After the loss of his entire village and wife, he swears vengeance, against his wife's dying wishes, on the immortal who carried out the atrocity, Marcus Octavius. What follows is a 2000 year chase to exact his revenge.

Right from the start the visuals are stunning, with very decent voice acting and good music to boot. The story is also very good, if a bit paint-by-numbers. What makes this story different than other Highlander films is Colin's single minded pursuit of Marcus. Around the world and through centuries, Colin battles Marcus repeatedly and only survives by luck.
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